Railway test track in Sweden gets new signalling system

07 June 2017

Strukton Rail is to install the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) on a test track between Katrineholm and Åby on behalf of Trafikverket. Trafikverket's mission is that the system's functionality should be tested in a real railway environment without affecting traffic. 

ERTMS is a system introduced within the EU to simplify rail transport between countries (interoperability) and release time for denser traffic. Sweden is still using the older ATC signalling system, but the Swedish Transport Administration is now preparing to install ERTMS. ERTMS is expected to be installed in its entirety in Europe by 2035.

Strukton's work includes preparing the test track technology for the new system.

“We will parallelise the ATC signals of the track with the two different ERTMS systems to be tested. We will install signalling coders at the end of the track, sending information to the onboard equipment on the track's test train, which of the ERTMS systems the train will follow”

Eva Spove, Strukton Rail location manager

Strukton will also install balises, substations, electrical and telecommunications equipment, and provide for the signalling connections between new and existing technology. The work will start this week and will be completed in November 2017.